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Encyclopedia > Elaine Sturtevant

Elaine Sturtevant, an American artist born 1930 in Lakewood, Ohio, has achieved recognition for her works that consist entirely of copies of other artists' works.

Sturtevant turns the concept of originality on its head. All of her works are copies other artists'; none are originals. That is an original idea.

Her work includes copies of Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Frank Stella, Felix Gonzalez-Torres. She masters painting, sculpture, photography and film in order to produce a full range of copies of the works of her chosen artists.

In all cases, her decision to start copying an artist happened before those artists achieved broader recognition. Nearly all of the artists she chose to copy are today considered iconic for their time or style. This has given rise to discussions amongst art critics how it has been possible for Sturtevant to identify these now famous artists at such an early stage.

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i-Newswire.com - Press Release And News Distribution - List exhibit spotlights Sturtevant's artwork (566 words)
Sturtevant, a former visiting professor in the MIT Visual Arts Program, is known professionally simply as "Sturtevant."
Her goal in duplicating the efforts of others, she has said, is to expand the definitions of originality and authorship, to widen the role of the creator and to broaden the meaning and purpose of art.
Sturtevant is involved in all stages of her art production and often teaches herself different artistic techniques to create the "originals." She initially focused on works by such American artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Johns and Warhol.
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